In Reply to: Shift Knob Problem...HELP!!!! posted by Jason in Atlanta on October 27, 2000 at 10:56:15:
Howver, one thing you might want to try when you do find the right knob is to wrap teflon tape arond the shifter before putting the new knob on.
There is a fair amount (relatively) of space between the shifter and the inner sleeve fo the knob. This combined with how high the body of the knob sits above the top of the shifter causes a great deal of strees on the flimsy plastic tabs at the bottom of the knob that holds the knob to the shifter. The teflon tape fills the space between the shifter and the knob allowing the stress to be distributed along the length of the inner sleeve.
See the bottom of the short shift installation in the Garage section of my web site for more info on doing this.
4/'98 2.8l Drk Grn/Beige/Black - 17" - sport bun warmers - Wood steering wheel, brake handle and trim - Dinan Stage 2 Software, Strut Brace, and Air Intake - Custom Borla Exhaust with Intercooler Tips - Eibach Sway Bars - BavAuto SS Brake Lines - Ron Stygar short Shift - LeatherZ stuff - starry night paint detailing on front - yada, yada, yada - and power top (real roadsters don't have no fuggin' power top)
I have a 2000 2.3 with Premium package, including the wood interior. As some of you may have experinced, my shift knob kept coming off when I shifted into 2nd. The cause was the plastic inner sleeve of the knob had cracked in two places. This was happenign about a week after I bought the car (May '99). United BMW has made 4 attempts to replace the knob and each time they have tried to use the wrong knob. Once, I even got a knob that was the light poplar wood (almost yellow) of the X5!!! For now, I have a 6 speed //M knob from a 540. It is still too dark. Does anyone know the actual BMW part number for Original Equipment wood/leather //M knob? The dealer has already had their guys drive to my office twice with wrong knobs and I have been up their twice over the past few weeks. I'm starting get impatient.
'00 2.3; Topaz/Beige/Beige/HT